The following is a report provided to Coastal Broadcasting Systems, Inc. courtesy of Gazette Leader Sports Editor and WCZT basketball announcer Brian Cunniff:
One of the legends of Cape May County high school sports is calling it a career.
Fran St. John, a boys and girls basketball coach at Wildwood Catholic High School almost continuously since the late 1960s, has decided to step aside.
St. John most recently had an 11-year run as the head girls coach at the North Wildwood school. He previously coached the boys team at Wildwood Catholic from the late 1960s through the mid 1990s, aside from a four-year stint away from the program in the 1970s.
One of just four people in Cape-Atlantic League history to win at least 100 games as both a boys and girls basketball coach, St. John was 452-412 overall as a basketball coach at Catholic. He was 306-283 as boys coach and 146-129 as girls coach.
“His impact on the school has been tremendous,” said Wildwood Catholic athletic director Sal Zuccarello. “He’s been an ambassador of our school’s mission of spirituality, discipline and using sports as a means to be a productive person in life.”
St. John, who led the Crusader boys team to South Jersey Parochial B titles in 1981 and 1988 and CAL titles in 1969 and 1992, was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame last year. He’s also a member of the South Jersey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.